Student Programs

Students, METROCON is the ideal place to kick-start your career in the Architecture & Design industry!

METROCON is large enough to familiarize yourself with a range of materials and manufacturers, but small enough to start establishing meaningful connections within the industry that you will likely have for the lifetime of your career.


Thursday, August 9 | Middle of the Expo floor | Schedule:

► 7:30 AM - Check-In
► 8:00 AM - Program Review
► 8:30 AM - Concept Development
► 12:30 PM - Conclusion

Design Charrette

We hosted our first Design Charrette in 2018! Members of the METROCON Committee reached out to regional interior design and architecture programs, asking them to nominate up to four students to participate in this invitation-only opportunity.

VISIT OUR DESIGN CHARRETTE PAGE FOR THE RESULTS & PHOTOS.


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Friday, August 10 | Special Events Area | Schedule:

► 9:00 AM - Check-In & Breakfast
► 9:30 AM - Panel Discussion
► 10:45 AM - Start of Tours
► 12:30 PM - Conclusion of Tours

Panel Discussion & Trade Show Tours

Sponsored by ASID Headquarters

How important are trade shows to the life of an interior designer? A panel of experienced design professionals explained why they are so important to attend. These industry experts gave students insight on what questions to ask, how to evaluate products, and why it is so critical to one's success to make connections and establish strong vendor relationships throughout one's career.

After the panel discussion, students broke off into small groups, and each panelist guided one group around the trade show floor. Students had key information to attain from each exhibitor specific to the tour in order to complete challenges and be entered into a drawing for prizes.

The Panelists / Tour Guides

  Ana Pinto-Alexander   HKS Architects   Ana Pinto-Alexander, RID, IIDA, EDAC, has more than 30 years of experience designing interiors for the country’s most progressive facilities. Her childhood in Colombia, South America, combined with extensive international travel has influenced her unique design perspective. Ana’s extensive research has anchored her belief that the environments we live, work and play in greatly reflects and affects who we are as individuals. Although known mostly for her work in healthcare interiors, she also extends her passion for meaningful interior design to: corporate and educational facilities. Ana has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design from Purdue University. Ana has guest lectured at the University and continues to mentor students interested in the design profession.

Ana Pinto-Alexander
HKS Architects

Ana Pinto-Alexander, RID, IIDA, EDAC, has more than 30 years of experience designing interiors for the country’s most progressive facilities. Her childhood in Colombia, South America, combined with extensive international travel has influenced her unique design perspective. Ana’s extensive research has anchored her belief that the environments we live, work and play in greatly reflects and affects who we are as individuals. Although known mostly for her work in healthcare interiors, she also extends her passion for meaningful interior design to: corporate and educational facilities. Ana has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design from Purdue University. Ana has guest lectured at the University and continues to mentor students interested in the design profession.

  David Euscher   Corgan   As a designer of the built environment, David Euscher, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP, is driven to improve the wellbeing of the people served by the spaces and environments he designs. David brings a passionate curiosity to his work fueled by a fascination with the interrelationship between culture and design. Throughout his career, David has designed and led interior architecture projects for Corporate Commercial, Multifamily, Hospitality, Industrial, Academic, Retail and Healthcare clients and has been responsible for projects from pre-design through all phases of design, documentation and construction administration through to successful completion.

David Euscher
Corgan

As a designer of the built environment, David Euscher, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP, is driven to improve the wellbeing of the people served by the spaces and environments he designs. David brings a passionate curiosity to his work fueled by a fascination with the interrelationship between culture and design. Throughout his career, David has designed and led interior architecture projects for Corporate Commercial, Multifamily, Hospitality, Industrial, Academic, Retail and Healthcare clients and has been responsible for projects from pre-design through all phases of design, documentation and construction administration through to successful completion.

  Amie Keener   Gensler   Amie T. Keener, RID, IIDA, LEED AP, CDT is an Associate at Gensler, She is a graduate from Kansas State University, where she achieved a Bachelor in Interior Architecture with specialties in furniture and product design. Still devoted to her alma mater, Amie is an active member on the department’s Advisory Board, and experienced serving as the Interim Program Director for the Department of Interior Architecture Product Design. Amie also serves on the Advisory Board for the Art Institute of Dallas Interior Design Program. With 20 years of experience in the commercial building industry, her professional career is a robust blend of commercial interiors projects for energy companies, automotive companies, financial companies, and professional service firms. 

Amie Keener
Gensler

Amie T. Keener, RID, IIDA, LEED AP, CDT is an Associate at Gensler, She is a graduate from Kansas State University, where she achieved a Bachelor in Interior Architecture with specialties in furniture and product design. Still devoted to her alma mater, Amie is an active member on the department’s Advisory Board, and experienced serving as the Interim Program Director for the Department of Interior Architecture Product Design. Amie also serves on the Advisory Board for the Art Institute of Dallas Interior Design Program. With 20 years of experience in the commercial building industry, her professional career is a robust blend of commercial interiors projects for energy companies, automotive companies, financial companies, and professional service firms. 

  Nicki Estes   Perkins+Will   As a registered Interior Designer in the Perkins+Will Dallas office, Nicki Estes, RID, EDAC, ASID, LEED AP ID+C is a thoughtful designer that aids in integrating the interior design environment within the architectural context of buildings.  With experience in healthcare and corporate design, Nicki is respected and trusted by her clients to see their vision implemented.  Nicki has the ability to work through implementing design concepts through technical details and ultimately executing successful projects. Nicki graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelors in Interior Design. She was selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders program for ASID and completed the program in 2016.

Nicki Estes
Perkins+Will

As a registered Interior Designer in the Perkins+Will Dallas office, Nicki Estes, RID, EDAC, ASID, LEED AP ID+C is a thoughtful designer that aids in integrating the interior design environment within the architectural context of buildings.  With experience in healthcare and corporate design, Nicki is respected and trusted by her clients to see their vision implemented.  Nicki has the ability to work through implementing design concepts through technical details and ultimately executing successful projects. Nicki graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelors in Interior Design. She was selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders program for ASID and completed the program in 2016.